Cable viewing will take place during the KeyBank Holiday Classic beginning Tuesday at Pickerington High School North.

Cable viewing will take place during the KeyBank Holiday Classic beginning Tuesday at Pickerington High School North.

No, the girls basketball games in the annual tournament will not be aired on television, but Cable will be in the gymnasium.

Madison Cable, an honorable mention MaxPreps All-American last season, will lead Pittsburgh Mt. Lebanon into the tournament. She scored 30 points in the big-school state championship last season as the Blue Devils dominated Philadelphia Archbishop Ryan 70-43 for their second consecutive state title.

The 5-foot-11 senior guard wowed the crowd by scoring 20 points in the first half. She also finished with nine rebounds, six steals, five assists and four blocked shots as the Blue Devils posted a 29-2 record and were seventh in the final MaxPreps national rankings.

Cable's versatility likely is the primary reason why she has signed with the University of Notre Dame. Teammate Anna Kestler, a senior point guard, has signed with William & Mary.

"Those are our two returning starters and they will be our leaders without a doubt," coach Dori Oldaker said. "But we did lose a good chunk of the team because we had nine seniors last year. Now we've got to look at the smaller picture this year. We cannot afford to think about what we accomplished the past two seasons."

Expected to round out the starting lineup are junior guard Kelly Johnson, junior forward Emma Pellicano and sophomore forward Jordan Holmes.

The Blue Devils, who went 31-0 in 2008-09, are not strangers to out-of-state tournaments. They opened the season last Friday in the Nike Tournament in Phoenix.

Last season, both of their losses were in out-of- state tournaments. They fell to Brea (Calif.) Olinda in Phoenix and to Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's in the T-Mobile Invitational in Mobile, Ala. St. Mary's was ranked second nationally last season by MaxPreps.

"We were invited to Pickerington and I talked with a tournament director in Philadelphia who knew all about the KeyBank Holiday Classic and he raved about how well the tournament was run and the competition there," Oldaker said. "He highly recommended it."

Oldaker believes these types of tournaments are great for team bonding and for her to see how her players react in different situations.

"The fun of it all is going into these events blindly, just worrying about improving ourselves," she said. "Then, because you know nothing about other teams, you make adjustments and react to what's taking place. I like to see how the kids can make the adjustments. It tells me what kind of basketball IQ they have."

The Blue Devils open the KeyBank Holiday Classic at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday against Twinsburg, which opened 3-0 and had not allowed more than 41 points in a game. The Tigers are led by 6-4 junior center Malina Howard, who was averaging 21 points and 11 rebounds. She was first-team all-state last season.

"We don't have much size, so we like to pressure a lot on defense and run the ball," Oldaker said. "That's our game, the transition game.

"We're looking forward to this event. We want to compete, but just as important is that we want to have fun. These are the memories the kids will never forget, being with their basketball family and playing against great competition."